Void based radioactive resource that decays every day it is out of the Void.

—In-Game Description

Argon Crystals are a rare resource that drops in the Orokin Void, as a rare deposit on any planet and from certain Assassination targets. Unlike other resources, they decay after a limited period of time. After this period the resources will disappear from the user's inventory and must be reacquired if needed. 

The timer points towards Midnight UTC/GMT+0 time indefinitely. This supports its description.

Gathering TipsEdit

These are based on opinions and may not be 100% true. These should be viewed as advice for finding the materials until better facts are proven.

  • Argon Crystals drop more commonly from containers and lockers. Thief's WitMaster Thief, and a Kubrow or Kavat with Scavenge can help in finding containers that may contain Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing a Nekros with Desecrate can improve your chances in finding Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing a Hydroid with the Pilfering Swarm augmentation can improve your chances in finding Argon Crystals.
  • Bringing an Ivara with Prowl can improve your chances in finding Argon Crystals.
  • Combining this with a Nekros with Desecrate and using slash weapons to dismember the bodies (Desecrate counts each severed part as a separate entity) will give you a high chance for drops.
  • A typical squad composition is a Speed Nova, a Pilfering Swarm Hydroid, a Desecrate Nekros and Energy Vampire Trinity on Taranis, a Void Defense, can yield several Argon crystals per run.
  • Breakable Argon Pegmatites are found on Quest/Void Missions. There is at least one Argon Pegmatite per Quest Mission.
  • The Jordas Golem on Eris is a good place to find Argon as well. Just break the containers in and around the boss area.
  • The Weekly Ayatan Sculpture Mission from Maroo's Bazaar is a good place to find Argon Crystals but only if it is a Void map, and not a Derelict map.


  • Corrupted Vor will always drop either an Orokin Cell or an Argon Crystal. Chances seem to be equal for both.
  • Currently, Argon Crystals are not available for purchase in the Market.
  • "A full 24 hours from when you acquire it and then when GMT 00:00 hits is when it’s considered in its decaying period." [1]
  • Having the count down started on one Argon Crystal, then obtaining another does not reset the count down.
  • Each Argon Crystal in a Tenno's inventory is either stable or decaying at any given time; beyond this, the age of a single crystal does not matter. Each day at GMT 00:00, two things happen: first, the quantity of decaying Argon Crystals is cut in half and rounded down; second, all stable Argon Crystals shift to the decaying state. For example:
    • 11 crystals are collected on Day 1. They are all stable.
    • GMT 00:00 hits, and now all 11 crystals are decaying, but the quantity remains unchanged.
    • 12 crystals are collected on Day 2. The Tenno now has 23 crystals total.
    • GMT 00:00 hits. The 11 decaying crystals decay to 5, and the 12 additional crystals are now decaying. The Tenno now has 17 crystals.
    • GMT 00:00 hits again without the attainment of any further crystals. All 17 crystals decay to 8.

Blueprints Requiring Argon CrystalsEdit

Click to view the Blueprints requiring Argon Crystals.
Blueprints Type Quantity (Research)
Akzani Secondary 2
Amprex Primary 3
Angstrum Secondary 2
Atlas Systems Component 2
Atomos Secondary 2
Atterax Melee 2
Banshee Prime Systems Component 2
Chroma Systems Component 2
Corvas Primary 2
Cosmic Specter Regiment Support (1)
Destreza Melee 2
Diriga Sentinel 2
Dragon Nikana Melee 1
Endura Melee 2
Exilus Adapter Enhancement 1
Fluctus Primary 2
Gammacor Secondary 2
Gazal Machete Melee 2
Greater Focus Lens Focus 1
Halikar Melee 2
Harpak Primary 2
Hidden Messages Quest 1
Hydroid Chassis Component 2
Hydroid Ketos Helmet Cosmetic 1
Hydroid Neuroptics Component 2
Ignis Wraith Primary 3
Inaros Systems Component 2
Incubator Power Core Component 1
Incubator Upgrade Segment Orbiter Segment 1
Ivara Neuroptics Component 2
Ivara Systems Component 1
Kavat Incubator Upgrade Segment Orbiter Segment 1
Karyst Melee 1
Kohm Primary 2
Kronen Melee 2
Landing Craft Foundry Segment Orbiter Segment 1
Limbo Chassis Component 1
Loki Enigma Helmet Cosmetic 1
Mantis Engines Component 3
Mesa Systems Component 1
Mirage Blueprint Component 1
Nami Solo Melee 2
Nekros Prime Chassis Component 2
Nezha Chassis Component 1
Nezha Neuroptics Component 1
Nikana Melee 3(1)
Ninkondi Melee 2
Nova Slipstream Helmet Cosmetic 1
Oberon Prime Systems Component 2
Ohma Melee 2
Pandero Secondary 2
Phase Specter Regiment Support (1)
Potent Pherliac Pods Gear 3
Redeemer Melee 2
Rubico Primary 2
Scimitar Engines Component 3
Simulor Primary 1
Sonicor Secondary 2
Stradavar Primary 2
The Limbo Theorem Quest 2
Tonkor Primary 2
Trinity Prime Chassis Component 2
Twin Rogga Secondary 2
Valkyr Prime Chassis Component 2
Vauban Prime Chassis Component 2
Wukong Systems Component 2
Xiphos Engines Component 3
Zhuge Primary 2
Total 122(+3)
Research LeaderBadgeGhostHolo x1   LeaderBadgeShadowHolo x3   LeaderBadgeStormHolo x10   LeaderBadgeMountainHolo x30   LeaderBadgeMoonHolo x100


  • Argon (symbol: Ar) is the 18th element in the periodic table. It is a noble gas whose most commonly occurring isotope, 36Ar, is stable and does not decay as the Argon Crystal does (though it has a number of unstable isotopes that do decay, none of their half-lives match up with the Argon Crystal's rate of decay).
    • While argon does sublimate at room temperature, sublimation doesn't follow the pattern of being repeatedly cut in half at regular intervals.
  • This is the first resource that has the ability to degrade over time.
  • Due to a DDoS Attack on Warframe's PC Servers on April 15, 2014, Argon Crystals didn't decay until servers stabilized – although their countdown remained active. This lasted until Hotfix 13.1.2 was launched, as the servers had fully recovered by that time. [2]
  • Previously, Argon Crystals would drop from Infestation Outbreaks (particularly from Phorid), and was considered a much more efficient way to collect them. This bug was removed (albeit undocumented in the patch notes) in Hotfix 14.7.4.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Argon Crystal

  • Argon Crystal Farming

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    • PrimeT wrote:I found two in one extermination mission.Built Valkyr prime systems. which extermination missions?
    • Taranis, Level 10-15 Void defense. Bring a Speed Nova, Desecrate Nekros, Pilfering Sawrm Hydroid and EV trin.  Done.
  • argon crystals

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    • Uh I've been playing the quest line called "stolen dreams" and I've found like 3 argon crystals from resource cashes. 1 in ...
    • You get them from void and quest missions, i go to MOT

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